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Watching Rome in Kuwait

My husband and I just finished watching the entire season, unexpurgated, of Rome, Season One. We had tried watching it on American Plus, but this being Kuwait, we weren’t always able to figure out just when it would be coming on – so we would catch an episode here and part of an episode there, and had enough glimpses to intrigue us, but not to satisfy us.

We waited with great anticipation for the release of Rome: Season One in August, and now are able to watch the entire season without interruption – and my friends – What a way to go.

We were riveted. From the initial episode as Vorenus and Pullo are with Ceasar in Britain, to the very end with the betrayal of Ceasar, we couldn’t wait to watch the next episode. We stayed up late. We turned off our phones. We talked about it in the car, on the way shopping. Even after it ended, we debated fine points, options taken or not taken, strategic approaches. We feel like we spent a couple years in Ceasarean Rome.

WARNING: In the boxed set we got, there is a lot of nudity, including full frontal male nudity. There are frank sex scenes and sex scenes between same gender people. If you are a family-values kind of family, you won’t want to be watching this with your children, and you won’t want your younger children watching this at all – it is very very bloody in places, very violent, the stuff of nightmares. Your teenagers will find where you hid it and will steal it to watch with all their friends.

I was comfortable watching with my husband, but I don’t even want to watch with other grown ups, related to me or not. There is a lot of strong stuff, stuff we consider private.

When we had finished watching, we also watched all the extra background information. I’m glad we didn’t view it before we watched the entire series, because Vorenus’ Irish accent really threw me off in the background interviews. Watching the sets being built and the costumes was absolutely fabulous. Pullo turns out to be surprisingly articulate. Hey! These guys are actors.

We can hardly wait for Rome: Season Two which is set to begin airing on HBO in January 2007. Meanwhile, buying the set was worth every penny. We will happily watch it again and again.

September 19, 2006 - Posted by | Adventure, Family Issues, Uncategorized

4 Comments »

  1. I first started watching this last year around the time they started production, around late September or so, being on HBO it was a series in which within a month the season was over and the plans for releasing Season 2 were set for 2007! So you can imagine my dissapointment when I watched the last episode.

    I believe I might’ve written something about the series on my blog, but I have to search for that, but what I can say is that it was worth watching, and I really enjoyed it. I am a fan of Roman History and having this show capture most of it was awesome!

    Comment by Jackie | September 19, 2006 | Reply

  2. Jackie, I agree, series like this make history come alive, don’t they? I really liked all the stuff going on in the background, too, people washing clothes, selling chickens, it all had such a rich texture!

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  3. Did you know that HBO partnered with BBC to actually produce this, and that BBC has a much less crude version airing I believe or such, since the main target was to display that version of history.

    Comment by Jackie | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  4. I know the version we saw here in Kuwait was censored. Not the violence, just the sex! I knew it was BBC from the way the British accent became more and more patrician as you went up the social scale, but do you think they did two versions, or did they just cut scenes out of the less crude version?

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 20, 2006 | Reply


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